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Newcastle United

Reports Newcastle Interested in Crystal Palace Midfielder

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Sky Sports are reporting that Newcastle United are one of the clubs interested in signing Crystal Palace defensive midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi. Kagisho Dikgacoi Crystal Palace midfielder Dikgacoi was at Fulham for a couple of seasons from 2009, but he only played 16 times for the London club in those two seasons, and only once [.

Newcastle Linked With In-Form Vitesse Defender

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There is some news today that Newcastle are interested in 23 year-old Vitesse defender Kelvin Leerdam, who can play at right back or anywhere across the back line, and also can play as a defensive midfielder. Kelvin Leerdam Vitesse defender/utility player Vitesse founded in 1892 same year as a very famous English club [.

Newcastle Interested In Two French Players

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There is news in the French newspaper L'Equipe and the Get French Football News website today, that Newcastle are interested in two more French players, and it's the first time that we know of that we've been linked with these players. Gueida Fofana - 22 year-old defensive midfielder They are Lyon's 22 year-old central midfielder [.

Newcastle Unchanged At Tottenham

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Alan Pardew will start with an unchanged Newcastle side today at White Hart Lane in the tough game against Tottenham Hotspur today in the Premier League. As expected Jame Perch retains his place as the defensive midfielder, in spite of Cheick Tiote returning form the African Cup of Nations last week.

Newcastle Move Closer To Signing Top Young Defender

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talkSPORT is reporting today that talks are ongoing between Newcastle United and West Ham, about the possible transfer of 23 year-old England U21 International James Tomkins to the Magpies. James Tomkins capped 10 times for the England U21 side Certainly Newcastle were interested in the center-back come defensive midfielder last January, and we see [.

Newcastle Make A Move For Yann M’Vila

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Some news breaking today is that Newcastle are interested in signing Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila this month, and the 22 year-old French International defensive midfielder certainly wants to leave the French league, and his first choice seems to be the Premier League. Yann M'Vila Newcastle interested?

Newcastle Interested In West Ham Midfielder

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Mohamed Diame joined West Ham last August as a free agent, after being at Wigan Athletic for three seasons, and there's some news today that Newcastle may be interested in signing the 6'1″ defensive midfielder, who has played 12 times for Senegal. Mohamed Diame West Ham defensive midfielder There's no doubt that West Ham's [.

English Premier League

Fulham Re-Sign Mahamadou Diarra On Pay-As-You-Play Deal: Daily Soccer Report

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Fulham have re-signedMahamadou Diarra on a pay-as-you-play deal to try to prevent the Cottagers from getting relegated.

Diarra, who has previously played at Real Madrid, Monaco, Lyon and other clubs, has returned to Fulham after being released by the club at the end of last season.

According to the club website,

"The 32-year-old was out of action for a sustained period after struggling with a knee injury, but worked relentlessly to regain full fitness.

Tottenham Agree £8.6m Deal With Toulouse to Sign Etienne Capoue

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Tottenham Hotspur have announced the signing of defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue for a transfer fee that's reported to be £8.6million.

The 25-year-old Toulouse footballer paves the way for Scott Parker to exit the club, presumably to Queens Park Rangers

Capoue is a France international who has made 174 league appearances, scoring 13 times in Ligue 1 for Toulouse and was named in the league's Team of the Year in 2012 alongside Hugo Lloris.

Arsenal

Abou Diaby Is Not Likely to Play Again For Arsenal This Season, Says Report

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Abou Diaby is not likely to return to action this season for Arsenal in yet another injury setback, which has ruled out thedefensive midfielder since March 2013.

Diaby was originally supposed to be back to full fitness in December, but the French midfielder who has suffered 35 different injuries in his Arsenal career from 2006-2013, is still trying to recover from his knee injury, according to a report by Goal.

Arsenal Announce Signing of Mathieu Flamini As Free Agent to Shore Up Midfield: Daily Soccer Report

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Arsenal have announced the signing of Mathieu Flamini as a defensive midfielder to shore up the holes and injuries that have riddled the club in previous weeks.

Flamini returns to the club as a free agent, where he helped the Gunners win the FA Cup in 2005.

"We're very pleased Mathieu has agreed to re-join us," Arsène Wenger said.

Wolfsburg set to pip Arsenal to Bayern Munich’s Luiz Gustavo

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Arsenal could be set to miss out on yet another transfer target this summer with the German media reporting that Wolfsburg are close to completing the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo. The Brazil international had been tipped to move to the Emirates. But Bild reports that the defensive midfielder is instead set to [.

Arsenal’s DM requirements.

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I am going to call Arteta a DM, although while he does not fit my profile of a DM, I recognize that he did a great job for us, but, can he endure another long season?

Last season, I felt Coquelin was being groomed as first choice back-up. Now I learn the Fella has been shipped out on loan. I think signals can be read into this.

Arsenal’s DM requirements.

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I am going to call Arteta a DM, although while he does not fit my profile of a DM, I recognize that he did a great job for us, but, can he endure another long season?

Last season, I felt Coquelin was being groomed as first choice back-up. Now I learn the Fella has been shipped out on loan. I think signals can be read into this.

Arsenal Debate – Is Diame the answer to our midfield problems?

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Diame is perfect for Arsenal by SS

It is acknowledged among Arsenal fans and neutrals alike that the club need to buy a defensive midfielder this summer because of Abou Diaby's injury problems and the fact there is no cover for him since Alex Song left last summer. There have already been a few names thrown around for who should be bought but I believe that the club should be looking to West Ham's Mohamed Diame.

Discuss – Aaron Ramsey is now indispensable to Arsenal

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Comments on Ramsey and Arsenal tactics by VSM

So, coming off a disappointing but not detrimental 0-0 draw with Everton, there are both positives and negatives to take. The first positive to take is the fantastic performances from Aaron Ramsey that we've seen both today and on Saturday.

Betis eyeing Arsenal midfielder on loan

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Real Betis are interested in signing an Arsenal defensive midfielder on loan, according to reports....

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Is Diaby the key to Arsenal’s success this season?

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Is Diaby the key to future success? by CI

During my life as an Arsenal and football fan i have witnessed many remarkable moments of Arsenals history including the invincible era. But ironically my first real game i watched on TV was our last major trophy. In this game (fa cup final of 2005)i saw a winning team, but where did it all go wrong?

Defending Mikel Arteta as a Defensive Midfielder? Alex Song left...

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Defending Mikel Arteta as a Defensive Midfielder?

Alex Song left for Barcelona and a hole was left in Arsenal's midfield. This season, Mikel Arteta has been forced to sit deeper back on the pitch, testing his defensive capabilities when Arsenal are searching for possession. As some of you may have seen in a recent interview with Arteta and Santi Cazorla, the smaller, ever-smiling Spaniard notes that Mikel is playing out of position and is still adjusting.

Arteta happy to be more defensive for Arsenal this season

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The Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta was brilliant as an attacking midfielder last season, but now that Alex Song has been sold to Barcelona and Santi Cazorla has been brought in to help the attackers, Arteta has been ordered by Wenger to play more defensively this season.

Arsenal have definitely been more solid at the back this season, and Arteta understands the reasons for his change of style.

Have Arsenal abandoned the hunt for a defensive midfielder?

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Arsenal were thought to be on the verge of signing a big, strong, tough tackling defensive midfielder in the summer, with Yann M'Vila and Etienne Capoue two of the favourites. The window opened and closed and Arsenal, despite having money to spend did not sign an enforcer.

Arsene Wenger had said that he would only buy a player who would improve the squad, so does that mean he thought there were no defensive midfielders good enough?

Wenger – Chelsea will test Arsenal’s defensive balance

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Both Arsenal and Chelsea are unbeaen and todays game between the two will give the victor a great advantage in confidence and points in the race for the Premiership title, and Arsene Wenger believes the midfield battle will be a big factor in deciding who gets the points.

Alex Song was nominally Arsenal's 'defensive midfielder' last season, but with his departure Wenger believes that he has no-one in the team that be given that title any more.

Arsenal star Arteta ready to make a statement against Man City

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Arteta has been one of the Gunners most telling signings in years. Often seen doing all the work behind the scenes the player has emerged as this season's surprise package, playing exceptionally well as a defensive midfielder. The Gunners have had an impressive start to their campaign this season and Mikel Arteta believes the game against City will prove to be an important one as an indication of whether Arsenal can go on and win the league this year.

Arsenal’s squad has real depth at last!

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I'm extremely optimistic about this new Arsenal squad and the qualities will be more evident when we play City and Chelsea. Having said that i have a few notes about yesterday's game against Southampton.

Coquelin made a few mistakes, which can be pinned on match rustiness, but they were not obvious because the rest of the team were there to cover for him.

Transfer Talk

Chelsea favourites to sign England Under-21 international Eric Dier

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Chelsea are the frontrunners to sign English-born Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier. He was a regular for Sporting last season, but his contract contains a £4.2m buyout clause that is proving too tempting for some of Europe's big clubs. The Blues are currently the favourites to complete a deal for Dier.

Tottenham complete Etienne Capoue signing

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Spurs have completed the signing of defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue from French side Toulouse. The 25-year-old has moved to White Hart Lane for a fee believed to be in the region of £9m. A fee was agreed between the two clubs last week, but the deal has only been finalised this morning. The France international [.

Real Salt Lake

MLS First Kick 2013 Countdown: 6 days - Let's talk about shape in the central midfield

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Traditionally in soccer, certain numbers are associated with certain positions. The number 1 is always going to be a goalkeeper's number. When we say "number 9" we're talking about a striker. A "number 10" is a central attacking midfielder, a trequartista, and a subject we talked about just a few days ago in this very countdown.

Lovel Palmer Appreciation Thread

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Coming in during the summer of 2011 along with Mike Chabala, Lovel Palmer was intended to add extra muscle to he right back position, a consistent sore spot for the Portland Timbers. Unfortunately for Palmer, he was unable to mesh well with the squad or the position to help create a fully effective defensive backline.

Major League Soccer

The Richie Award: D.C. United's Most Underrated Player

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Every MLS fan knows the names of Dwayne De Rosario and Chris Pontius. They're legitimate superstars. Bill Hamid, Andy Najar, and Perry Kitchen are well on their way too.

None of those players are nominated for this award. This award is for the other guys.

The Richie Award is named after Richie Williams, the central defensive midfielder on those early championship-winning D.

Dallas Signs Former La Liga Midfielder Luccin

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FC Dallas signed 33-year-old French defensive midfielder Peter Luccin on Monday. After playing for several teams in Ligue 1 in France, he moved to the Spanish La Liga in 2001. He played 215 matches for Celta de Vigo, Atlético Madrid, [...]

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The Rest

United close in on Portuguese midfielder

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Manchester United are closing in on Portuguese youngster William Carvalho, according to reports in today's papers that claim the Sporting Lisbon's defensive midfielder could soon be on his way to Old Trafford, after the Portuguese giants have identified his replacement in Estoril's midfielder Goncalo.

2014 Union Depth Chart - Defensive Midfielders

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Defensive Midfielder has always been a position of relative strength for the Union. The addition of Maurice Edu only makes it that much stronger.

With the addition of Maurice Edu, the Union made a statement this off season.

Defensive Midfielder

Maurice Edu (Transfer from Stoke City)

All the hype and stories around the draft were about the Union signing Edu.

Freedom Kicks for Wednesday 29 January 2014: Waxing Nostalgic

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A former DC United stalwart retires, old shoes, and 90s sketch comedy. All that and more as we kick things in the name of freedom.

The State of the Union was last night, but there are other blogs on the internet for that. Instead, let's distract ourselves from such weighty issues by thinking of the way things used to be:

Clyde Simms announces his retirement | @clydesimms19
Longtime D.

What does Nemanja Matic bring to Chelsea?

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With Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic undergoing a medical at Chelsea, we look at what he will add to the Blues. Jose Mourinho has decided to bring Nemanja Matic back to Chelsea for a second spell at the Stamford Bridge. Spending £22m on a defensive midfielder is a big price to pay but, as always, the [.

Napoli Want Liverpool Midfielder in January

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Reports from TalkSPORT claim that Napoli are set to make a move for Liverpool defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva in January as manager Rafael Benitez is looking to increase the stability of his midfield for the long term.

The Spanish tactical was responsible for the arrival of Lucas at Liverpool back in 2007 when the took a gamble on the young Gremio starlet.

Flamini's concussion a controlled experiment

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By 1970's Gooner Every successful Arsene Wenger team had an unsung hero playing as a defensive midfielder. Vieira, Petit, Edu and Gilberto Silva to name but a few. They provided the steel in the middle of the park, in front of the defence playing no nonsense football winning the ball and giving it to the creative players.

David Luiz: The Long-Term Defensive Midfielder

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Last night saw David Luiz take up the role of defensive midfielder again, something that he has not been asked to do for quite a while. I thought he had a mixed game; we saw the best and the worst from him.
Some very strong tackles were made, but then he was also outsmarted on more than one occasion.

Revs Sign Kalifa Cisse

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In an effort to improve its midfield next season, the New England Revolution signed former Bristol City midfielder Kalifa Cisse via free transfer on Monday.

Cisse, a defensive midfielder by trade, has accumulated eight seasons worth of European experience between England and Portugual.

"We're very pleased to add a player of Kalifa's stature and experience, having played in the top divisions in Portugal and England," Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said in a statement.

A Sight For Sore Eyes

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While it may seem odd that a defensive midfielder could have this big of an impact, Fire fans know very well how valuable Pardo is to the team. Apart from his stout defensive work in shutting down opposing teams' attacks, he can also contribute offensively. Pavel is a threat on free kicks and corners, as well as setting up teammates with beautiful passes and service.

Fernando Clavijo: This Off-Season, Preseason Crucial for Victor Ulloa

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Ulloa is by trade a defensive midfielder and while he has been played at other spots, notably in the back, Clavijo remains convinced his best spot is at holding mid. However, that could all change if he performs well in other spots, something FCD plans to experiment with once preseason starts in January.